Hampta Pass Trek with Chandratal Lake
Season: – July to Oct
When we talk of trekking destinations in Manali, ‘Hampta’ is a popular name. A side river-tributary- joins the river Beas near Manali. The river called Alien falls down from a narrow gorge near village Aleo giving impression that it is not possible to enter into this side valley. But if you take a side uphill route up to Sethan village above Prini (which is now a motorable road), and then turn northwards, you find an open valley full of pine, silver oak, and maple forest. As you go high in the valley the forest disappears and meadows and pastures appear. At a place called Jobra, river Jobri meets river Hampta and together they gush through that deep ‘narrow gorge’ towards Manali with the name of Alien. From Jobra, your route goes along the Hampta river, first northwards to three km and then you turn eastwards along the river to reach the base of the Hampta Pass. This place is called Balu-ra-Ghera. This is a beautiful campsite at the foot of ‘Pass’ beside Hampta River. It takes four more hours to reach on the Pass. Here you stand surrounded by snowy peaks and hanging glaciers from all sides. Mount Indrasan and Dep Tibba stand to the south, Inderkeel and Pauri-ra-Jot to the north; down in the valley behind you, in the west Bhrigu Tung range closes the valley. But the most stunning Shea Goru Massif (group of peaks) seems standing at an arms distance to the east in front of you. A sharp descend to the other side of pass bring you into a high altitude mountain valley – Shea Goru. This is a glaciated valley formed by the glacier that descends from the north flanks of Mount Indrasan. A rivulet originates from the glacier and flows north-east to meet mighty Chandra river near Chhatru in Spiti. Following the rivulet you come out of this valley to Chhatru which is a road head place on Manali-Kaza (head quarter of Spiti) road. On the northern side of Kunzum Pass on Manali Kaza road lies the famous Chandertal Lake. This lake is known for its crystal clear blue water and its pristine and serene surroundings.
Hampta Pass trek is a trek of moderate difficulty which has all the features of mountain topography and natural beauty to show. So it must be in the plans of all mountain trekkers.
Day 1:-Manali to Chhika (10,000ft) 2 Hours Trek
All the trekkers will assemble at Nehru Park, adjacent to Manali Mall Road at 9am in the morning. (Ensure your arrival at Manali well before 9am in the morning). Your Guide for the trek will welcome you there. A jeep/ car will take you to Jobra from where the trek begins. You trek along Hampta River towards north to reach at a beautiful place called Chhika. The area is speckled with wild flowers and there are a few waterfalls just behind the campsite. You halt here for overnight stay.
Day 2:-Chhika to Balu-ra-Ghera (12,400ft); 5 Hours Trek
The river takes a westward turn from here and so is the route. You leave behind the tree line. Beautiful mountain meadows welcome you on the either sides of the river. The path is paved by the grass and stones and field of the wild flowers. Today’s trek ends at Balu-ra-Ghera- a flat ground beside the river Hampta.
Day 3: Balughera to Hampta Pass (14010ft) to Shea Goru (12,200ft);8 Hours Trek
The trekking on this day is challenging and the climb to the top of the pass (4270 mts) takes about three to four hours. From the pass one can enjoy the view of magnificent Himalayan peaks like DeoTibba, Indra Asan, Indra Kila. From the top of the pass there is one hour descend to the meadows of Shea Goru, This is a beautiful campsite on the foot of the glacier.
DAY 4:-Shea Goru to Chhatru (11000 ft); 5 Hours Trek
From here the trail descends down along the left bank of a mountain rivulet. After crossings the rivulet at two places you reach at Chhatru…. Chhatru is a small roadside tourist destination on Manali-Spiti road on the bank of the Chandra River. Overnight camp on the bank of Chandra River.
DAY 5:- Chhatru to Chandertal Lake (14100ft) and back to Manali; 9 Hours Travelling
Today, taking an early breakfast you leave for Chandertal Lake in vehicle. Chandertal Lake is situated at an altitude of 4300 mts. at the source of river Chandra. On the way you cover places Chhota Dara, Bara Dara, and Batal. At the foot of the Kunzam Pass you take left turn along the river to reach at Chandertal Lake. After passing some time at the lake you travel back by the same route to Chhatru and then for Manali over Rohtang Pass. You will be at Manali by late evening. You will be dropped at Bus Station Manali.
Cost of the Trek: – Rs. 9500/-
*Service tax 9% extra
Note: – If you plan to arrive at Manali one day before the trek starts and plan to stay at Manali itself on Day 5, you may ask for the accommodation in our Apple Orchard Cottage.
|Dates (as per 2017)||Status|
|July 09 – July 13||Close|
|August 11 – August 15||Open|
|August 16 – August 20||Open|
|September 14 – September 18||Open|
|September 19 – September 23||Open|
|September 29 – October 03||Open|
|October 04 – October 08||Open|
- All Meals (Vegetarian Food); starts from Lunch on arrival day and ends at Lunch on departure day.
- Tented accommodation in alpine tents: Twin/Triple sharing tents, sleeping bags, foam trekking mattresses, dining tent, and toilet tent.
- Qualified High Altitude Trekking Guide.
- Trained High Altitude Field Staff.
- Transportation from Manali to road head place Jobra from where the trek starts on Day 1.
- Transportation from Chhatru to Chandertal Lake and to Manali on Day 5.
- Porters/Mules to carry personal luggage. (Personal luggage should not be more than 10kg)
- Any expense arising out of unforeseen circumstance like bus delays, roadblocks, landslides, etc.
- Medical Evacuation.
- Insurance Cover
- Beverages like mineral water, soft drinks etc.
- Any other expense not mentioned under ‘cost includes’